For such small creatures, pests can be a great nuisance. And that is at the least level; at most, they can cause severe damage to your home and family’s health. For starters, pests have a number of bacteria that can cause infection to your family, pet or yourself. For instance, cockroaches are one of the leading causes of asthma in children. They can also cause other respiratory infections, allergies, and skin rashes. Regardless of the fact that most diseases caused by pests are treatable, they can have chronic consequences.
They are most potentially dangerous for the elderly or people whose immunity is compromised. If health safety isn’t enough to push, think of your amazing hardwood floor being devoured by termites. They will burrow into the wooden component of your home and eat it from the inside. Pets’ problems are not a joke. You need to act as soon as you realize they exist in your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late, whereby, you will still have to get rid of them and pay for the damage done too.
While spraying with a can of bug spray will be much easier and reasonable, it may not be the best way to solve the problem. Pesticides get the job done and, unfortunately, they can harm more than just the pests at which they are targeted. They are toxic because they are designed to kill, and they can’t really tell the difference between other organisms and pests. Additionally, the application of pesticides is not very precise. Therefore unintended exposure is almost inevitable to other organisms. Good news is, you can still get rid of the nuisance without putting anyone else at risk. Here’s how.
Use Garlic Cloves
With garlic, it’s either you love it or hate it. Insects too have the same reaction, some it doesn’t bother them while others are totally repellant. Using garlic for pest control is low cost, non-toxic, and still as effective as commercial toxic pesticides. Although you should know that garlic is more useful in the garden. Example of pests it kills includes ants, beetles, caterpillar, slugs, termites, and whiteflies. If any of these find their way in your home, garlic will get the job done. All you have to do is leave piled cloves in areas likely to be infested. This will deter pests such as ants and termites from taking residence in your corners and cupboards. You can also make garlic spray to help in your garden or interplant with it.
If you don’t have vinegar in your cabinet, you better get it. It is the most versatile household ingredient you’ll own. In addition to other great things it does, you can also use vinegar to control pests. It does this by repelling some pests and attracting others. For instance, ants and spiders are hugely repellant to its smell, yet fruit flies are attracted and drown in it. White vinegar is safe and you can use it regularly to control ants, spiders, aphids (for your garden), and fruit flies. White vinegar destroys the scent trails ants use to find food spraying or wiping the surface with vinegar will do it. For fruit flies though, pour the vinegar into a bowl and leave it open on the counter.
Freshly brewed coffee creates an amazing scent, but the ground left behind is deemed useless by most people. If you are one of them, you will be surprised at what it can get done. If your home is infested with pests such as ants, slugs, worms, snails, coffee grounds are great for their control. Simply lay down a 2-inch wide line around the entrance of the pests. With rats, most people resort to poison—which works, but you’ll soon have a problem of a wholly different nature. Rats are notorious for finding very exclusive places to go die, and finding them becomes such a spot. Soon you won’t have the great smell of freshly brewed coffee, but of dead rats that just can’t be found. Great. This is where coffee helps you a bit. Put a bowl of the ground near the place that seems to be the source of the smell, it will help diffuse the smell.
Apple cider vinegar
Fruit flies are so annoying; they seem to come out thin air. When you are ignorant of how to get rid of them, they have the power to change your mood entirely. Take back control of your kitchen by pouring some of the apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Then tightly cover it with a plastic bag and punch very small holes on it. Place it on your kitchen counter. Fruit flies will be irresistibly attracted to the smell but be unable to get out, therefore, they will drown.
Vodka and essential oil
Vodka can do a variety of useful things around the home beyond being a spirited drink. Fill a small bottle with vodka and add about 20 drops of essential oil. Essential oils do a great job of repelling household pests while smelling good at the same time. For instance, peppermint essential oil does a good job of controlling ants. Using the spray bottle, spray along cracks and where ants are. It kills them on contact. Additionally, mint smell keeps away flies.
It might be old school, but it works. If you hate spiders, onions will keep them away. Toss some sliced onion in a bowl of water. Then place it where spiders enter your home. the smell will repel spiders.
Cornmeal and cucumber
Sliced cucumber will repel ants. On the other hand, ants like to eat cornmeal and they will take it back to their colony but they can’t digest it. It might take time but it will work.
Cloves For Ladybugs
To give credit where its due, ladybugs are cute. However, that does not cease to make them pests. Therefore, they become a nuisance, especially in large numbers. To take care of the infestation, throw in cloves around the affected area. Ladybugs resent strong scents, and with no time, they will be gone.
Natural pest repellant needs a little more work than the commercial ones, but they still work and in a healthier way. However, it is always good to keep things clean and tidy. It will go along way in keeping bugs at bay.